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Poster: brewcrew87 Date: Jan 17, 2008 1:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

i cant stand to listen to any dead shows with hornsby because his piano sometimes completly drowns out jerrys guitar and vince is playing that ugly sounding synthsizer

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jan 18, 2008 9:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

I think most folks know my opinion of BH so I won't carry on. I will say that man gave me an extra year and a half of what I call "great" dead concerts. Without him it would have been over a lot sooner.

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Jan 18, 2008 9:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

that big grand piano always brought dancing to my feet!!! i seen him jgb also and he just fit in with both in my book cept for that damm accordian!!!lol!!! check out the dvd 6-14-91 R.F.K. and watch jerry and bruce just enjoy each others playing!!!

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Jan 17, 2008 1:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

Your silly. How about an example of this happening because I think thats a crock of shit. The only thing I don't like about Bruce's playing is when he used that accordion.

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Poster: brewcrew87 Date: Jan 17, 2008 2:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

ok try 4-1-91 and 6-25-91 for starters

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Jan 17, 2008 2:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

I have both those shows on Cd and you are way off. Ya, sure, there are moments but if there was one guy on piano I don't mind taking the lead its Hornsby. Honestly, I wish Hornsby had been a little more aggressive, at times It seemed to me like he didn't wanna make waves, possible show up the fat man.

When he was loose it's like having two guys who can bust a musical nut, and that cant be a bad thing. But that just my opinion and you don't have to take my word for it.

This post was modified by L.A. Women on 2008-01-17 22:32:26

This post was modified by L.A. Women on 2008-01-17 22:33:53

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Poster: airgarcia416 Date: Jan 18, 2008 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

Bruce was simply the last muse Jerry had, and an incredibly gifted musician on his own terms. Between '89 and 91' the Dead made some phenomonal music and usually when it was at it's best you would find a Baby Grand on stage (though in '89 Jerry was really taking care of himself [had lost alot of weight and I think that temporary life style change made a big difference too]).

Bruce gave them inspiration to reach backwards, back to that 70's sound. The best way I can describe it is he made them "swing". The music was slippery and smooth with him on the ivories.

If you felt Bruce was drowning out Jerry, I'd guess it's more from the thickness of having Brue and Vince both playing or poor mixing.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 17, 2008 2:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

Horsefeathers, buddy. Bruce applied the shock paddles that brought the dying on its feet Grateful Dead briefly back to life. Jerry was inspired by Bruce, not drowned by him. The Dead should have done one last goodbye tour with Hornsby then called it a day, because after that it was just the decline and fall.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 17, 2008 2:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

You hit the nail on the head Rob. Whatever anyone thinks, one thing that seems like a fact to me is that Hornsby was the ONLY keyboardist that played and acted like an equal rather than a sideman and it was more than obvious that Jerry thought the same.

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Jan 17, 2008 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

That might have something to do with Hornsby having a career of his own . He didn't need them. And, though I am simply speculating, unlike Keith and Brent, Hornsby did not have a self destructive drug habit ( I could be wrong, but I doubt it).

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 17, 2008 3:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

" That might have something to do with Hornsby having a career of his own . He didn't need them. "

I think so too. Funny but I was DREADING the first show with Bruce, thought it was a sign of the band getting all yuppie wussed out and losing their edge like Clapton or Bonnie Raitt. I had seen Bruce with the Range open for John Fogerty. While I did like his big hit ( still do ) "the way it is" , his set was BORING.So I was expecting that infliction. What I got instead was to hear the band re-energized and I got to hear the band with the awesome grand that I had missed never getting to see them with Keith and without all the synthesizers. I have a personal preference to the tone and sound of piano rather than keyboards. I've never been a fan of keyboards, they tend to over power. I only like keys as any kind of lead when it's piano. Anyway, Bruce blew me away. Acted like he belonged there. The way he did it wasn't like a jerk but a good confidence that served the music well.

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Jan 17, 2008 9:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

i heard he has an out of control foot fetish.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 17, 2008 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

Here's why Hornsby slotted in to the dead, John - he had the same mindset.(This is from Bruce's website.)


"I've always liked the group of fans that we've drawn from the Grateful Dead time, because those fans are often adventurous music listeners," Hornsby admits. "To be creative, spontaneous in the moment and make music in the present tense, that's what we're all about live. I write the songs, we make the records and then the records become a departure point, the basic blueprint, the basic arrangement. I'm fairly restless creatively. I was never a very good Top 40 band guy because I never liked to play the same thing every time. Too often songwriters approach their songs like museum pieces. I don't subscribe to that. I think of my songs as living beings that evolve and change and grow through the years."

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 17, 2008 3:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

Hey Rob, that might be but I think him playing with the GD had a lot to do with that too. Or at least brought it out more. All I know is that I saw him in 86 or so with the Range and it wasn't anything like his playing now. Kind of slow and boring. In any case he was a fantastic addition to the band. Wish they wouldn't have been so fast to make a pick on Vince. I don't give a crap about the high harmonies, I cared about the sound.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 17, 2008 3:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

I agree with you that Hornsby found his freedom and improved a hundred percent after cutting loose from the Range. He probably got as much out of playing with the Dead as they got from having him onboard. The thing is that, like Jerry, he is a world class one of a kind musician and he pushed the band when Jerry no longer had the energy to do it.

I don't know how you're fixed for downloading these days but I have a couple of really nice Hornsby shows you might like. Let me know.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jan 18, 2008 3:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

You guys are right. His first 2 albums were basically hits records with singles meant for airplay. They both contained Huey Lewis produced tunes/productions. Bruce rarely plays any tunes from these albums anymore. A shame because there are some good songs. It wasn't until Night on the town where Bruce turned the corner. No coincidence that jerry, joe henderson, Bela Fleck, ect were invloved in that album. With that said, Hornsby was doing Dead and Elton john covers in concert in the early days to spread out creatively.

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Poster: ghostofghostofrbnw Date: Jan 17, 2008 3:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

bingo

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Poster: Disguised as a Squirrel Date: Jan 17, 2008 4:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

Heres an idea for you numbnuts. DON'T LISTEN!!!

There are over 3000 Dead shows to listen to on the Archive. !!!NEWS FLASH!!! Some of them acutally dont have Bruce Hornsby playing on them.

I know sometimes its hard to turn it off something you dont like. I have the same problem when Im at Titos and he has gay porn on tv. As much as I dont like it I still watch.

You must be strong and go to 1979. No Hornsby in sight I swear.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 18, 2008 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

"I have the same problem when Im at Titos and he has gay porn on tv. As much as I dont like it I still watch. "


LMAO!!!!!

now THAT is funny - laugh of the day, man!!!

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 17, 2008 1:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

havent noticed his playing drowns out Jer, unless you might be talking about particular recordings. i always loved their scintillating interplay. very complimentary!!

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Poster: ghostofghostofrbnw Date: Jan 17, 2008 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

scintillating interplay....wow

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Poster: squirrel barker Date: Jan 17, 2008 3:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

Man I loved it before Brent passed and Bruce would come on with his accordian for Tennesee Jed or something the bridge or jam or whatever its called would startand man he'd look flummoxed!

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Poster: northstar dead Date: Jan 17, 2008 3:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Opinions of Bruce Hornsby

Bango

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jan 17, 2008 12:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: THE WAY IT IS (.....WAS....)

bruce is MILDLY interesting as a piano player and reinvigorated the band with the sound of a person actually MAKING MUSIC with their hands and heart at a time when the group was basically JUST FUCKING AROUND WITH ELECTRONICS... (yeah i'm throwing around "fuck" a lot tonight, i'm tired)

i kind of associate him with the "BRANFORD ERA" and he seemed to fit right in to this short resurgent "real music" period for the band (89/90-90/91...?) when they actually sounded like a unified organism for a minute and NOT A DISCOMBOBULATED piece of electronically modified shit.... flailing button pushing smoke and mirrors junk... (they did suck one big time at the end, tinkly creepy synth burpings from a dying giant, gasping for air)

so yeah, i dont think bruce was so bad.... at least he was real... OH BUT REALLY all that really matters is he knew how it was:

[...]hear about the way it was/is

a link from the philzone


This post was modified by He Live's on 2008-01-18 06:29:03

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2008-01-17 20:59:15

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